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'''Teddy Powell''' (Teodoro Paolella) (March 1, 1905 in Oakland
– November 17, 1993 in New York
) was an American jazz guitarist, composer and big band leader. Some of his compositions were under the pseudonym
Teddy spent several years with the Abe Lyman
band where he also served as a vocalist, arranger and helped out on the business side of things.
Powell began playing violin when he was eight, picked up the banjo
when he was fourteen and led his first band the following year. They stayed together until 1944.
His own band hired several highly regarded musicians formerly with the Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Casa Loma orchestras. The band made its début at New York's Famous Door
Teddy's big band was very popular for a short time in 1939 while they were in New York. Irving Fazola
, Pete Mondello, John Austin, Nick Caizza, Carmen...